io9 recently posted some amazing footage caught by a passenger in an airplane of the last launch of Space Shuttle Discovery.
It is a gorgeous and awe-inspiring image of man's reach towards the heavens. It reminded me of one of my favorite recent pictures. It's an image of astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson staring out of the window of the International Space Station at home.
I like the images of the astronauts all suited up floating over Earth, and they, too, are awe-inspiring. But there's something about seeing her face, knowing what she's looking at, how she's looking down and not up.
So then I had to go further out. With Hubble, there's so many amazing images at our fingertips. My favorite, though, isn't the one where you see the amazing colors or the highly detailed surfaces of the planets. Nope. The one I love is the one with the galaxies.
What I love is that those balls of light aren't stars--they're galaxies. Full, glorious, spinning, chaotic, amazing galaxies. The universe is just so vast.
In searching up these images, I found this: a view of the Orion constellation from the ground all the way into the starstuff. It's mostly magical.
This is what inspires me: the giant universe. This is why I write my books.
What inspires you?